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Bahrain Says UN Experts Based Statement on Distorted Information

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Bahrain said a United Nations Experts statement on the trial and verdict of a Bahraini human rights activist is based on distorted information.

Bahrain sentenced activist Nabeel Rajab, 48, to three years imprisonment for violating the country’s laws and not for expressing his opinion as three UN experts said in a statement on Aug. 23, the Information Affairs Authority said in an e-mailed comment. The authority said Rajab had a fair trial and his lawyer was present throughout the judicial process.

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya said on Aug. 23 that the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab was “another blatant attempt by the Government of Bahrain to silence those legitimately working to promote basic human rights.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Wael Mahdi in Manama at wmahdi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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